Google shares dive in disastrous day
Trading is halted for hours after the company's earnings are released early accidentally. Other Internet stocks fall in response.
The company said that its financial printer, RR Donnelly (RRD), released the information early without authorization. Investors panicked at the early notice, taking shares from about $754 to as low as $676. Google responded by requesting that shares be halted, and they were for more than two hours. Shares resumed trading in the afternoon and closed down 8% to $695.
Google execs didn't have much to say about the fiasco in Thursday afternoon's earnings call. "I'm sorry for the scramble earlier today," said Larry Page, whose voice was unusually raspy after a bout of illness. "We had a strong quarter," he added. "I'm really happy with our business."
Investors, however, did not feel the same way. The search giant's profit fell to $2.18 billion, or $6.53 per share, from $2.73 billion, or $8.33 per share, a year earlier, according to the filing, which was mistakenly posted on the SEC's website. Excluding one-time items, profit was $9.03 a share, widely missing the $10.65 per share analysts expected.
Revenue rose to $14.01 billion as Google reaped the benefits from the acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Excluding traffic acquisition costs, the fees paid to Google's partners, revenue was $11.33 billion -- far below the $11.86 billion analysts expected.
The results had plenty of worrisome items. The average cost per click fell by 15% from a year earlier and declined 3% over the second quarter. Traffic acquisition costs rose to $2.77 billion, equaling 26% of revenue, up from 24% in the third quarter of 2011. The company reported total costs of $11.4 billion versus $6.67 billion a year earlier.
Google wasn't the only stock hurting. RR Donnelly, the financial printer that released the information early, saw shares fall a bit less than 1%. Facebook (FB) shares closed down 4.6% and Apple (AAPL) traded down 1.9%. Curiously, one of Google's more interesting competitors, Yahoo (YHOO), was barely affected, and saw shares close down 0.6%.
Jonathan Berr does not own shares of the listed shares. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr
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Goggle's disatrous day???!!! what 'bout America's disatrous 4yrs under the uber-marxist obama regime!!! well a few more wks and they're history,
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Surely someone captured a video of one of those babies trying to “Actively Trade” their way to profit through this step function collapse using their whip-smart tools from the eTrade website. I would love to see that. I got a feeling there’s going to be a load of diapers getting washed tonight.
Barring that, can someone at least post a pic of the mushroom cloud over hedge fund hotel in Stamford, CT?
Let’s hear it for High Frequency Trading liquidity. I bet I know which side of this collapse they were trading on.
P.S. That's why it happened.
in other news today, Barry Obama whizzed away another $4 billion in interest payments to US creditors.
Welcome to Obamaville.
My heart bleeds for you, Google. I think you are fine @ $700 per share. MSN and all media covering the stock market need to have their heads checked. This isn't newsworthy, it's just absolute greed.
Maybe the forecast was skewed? Seriously, they're still turning a profit. Revenue is up 20% and people are selling like it's 1929???? WTF?
I don't understand the sell off.
And it all happens in minutes. And as usual, the Mainstream Media has no idea why it happens this way. Welcome to the new step function market action. Looks like GOOG is taking a bunch of other hot money stocks with it too, i.e., Facebook, APPL, etc. The hedge fund hotel is on fire. So much for all that liquidity those HFT algos supposedly provide.
Can’t someone post a pic of the mushroom cloud over Stamford, CT?
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